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by classicpenny
Sun Oct 05, 2008 10:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Time to Vote for a Name
Replies: 4
Views: 1966

Time to Vote for a Name

Enough chatter. It's time we settled this for all time. Pick a name:
by classicpenny
Wed Oct 01, 2008 5:47 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Fusors and p-B11
Replies: 22
Views: 6949

MSimon wrote:
The big problem with pB11 experiments is alpha detectors.

Simon
I did not realize this was a problem. I guess I was assuming that we would look for helium in the spectra of the gases removed from the chamber after a trial.

Bill Flint
by classicpenny
Tue Sep 30, 2008 10:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: News thread political tangent
Replies: 30
Views: 9233

Re: News thread political tangent

d) biofuel: actually causes MORE harm to the environment than drilling for oil, a LOT more. increases soil erosion, nitrate pollution in rivers, deforestation, increases food prices resulting in rising poverty rates globally. I hate to pop this balloon, but the negative comments on biofuels make li...
by classicpenny
Sun Sep 21, 2008 4:34 pm
Forum: News
Topic: ITER Costs Double
Replies: 34
Views: 11180

Not just public money up in smoke - quite a few private investors lost money as well: my dad made the mistake of buying bonds for that fiasco. The acronym was WPPSS (Washington Public Power Supply System) – most people just called it "Whoops" - not funny. The almost-completed corpse of the Satsop re...
by classicpenny
Fri Sep 12, 2008 5:32 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Fusion superconducting coil passes test
Replies: 4
Views: 3339

That's about what I estimated: Elsewhere in Talk-Polywell, it has been said that the company that makes the new MgB2 superconductor wire supplies it with a round cross-section. A 0.3 m coil producing 0.45 T would require 10^5 Amp-turns. A 0.3 m coil producing 2 T would require 4.5 times as many Amp-...
by classicpenny
Thu Aug 28, 2008 1:27 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Any official news as of late July 2008?
Replies: 154
Views: 50783

With the DD reaction (which I presume is being used in the WB-7), neutrons can be used to determine whether or not fusion is happening.
by classicpenny
Wed Aug 27, 2008 1:09 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Any official news as of late July 2008?
Replies: 154
Views: 50783

Tom, the 128 Gw came from here:

http://www.petitionspot.com/forums/128- ... try2029001

It appears that jlafitte assumed 1 Gw for the WB-100, and then he scaled it up to 8m, without regard to effects of heat load on the magrid.

Bill Flint
by classicpenny
Wed Aug 20, 2008 12:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Lets make sure it's called the 'Bussard Reactor'
Replies: 62
Views: 17818

I detest the ambiguity of "Nuclear Reactor" because it does not distinguish between say, an RBMK and a BFR: they are both "Nuclear Reactors." Unfortunately "Bussard Reactor" and "BFR" both have the same problem. They both have the word "Reactor" in them; and I suspect that "Reactor" would not do wel...
by classicpenny
Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:08 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Polywell and Peak Oil
Replies: 59
Views: 50801

David_Jay wrote:Maker? there's a Maker? A first cause???
No, no: Maker as in, "Bless the Maker and his water, bless the coming and going of Him. May his passage cleanse the world. May he keep the world for his people." :)

Bill Flint
by classicpenny
Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:43 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New Energy Reports the Latest
Replies: 59
Views: 19185

David, I know this isn't exactly a response to your challenge; but have you seen "Who Killed the Electric Car?" It would appear -in that instance at least- that big corporations are quite capable of sitting on technology even when it is not in their best interest. It seems obvious that GM's sitting ...
by classicpenny
Sun Jul 27, 2008 7:06 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Any official news as of late July 2008?
Replies: 154
Views: 50783

I will back-off in my attempts to contact Norm Dicks, my congressman. It was becoming a somewhat frustrating exercise. Although I have spoken with with three different assistants of his, have sent two different emails, and two different USPS letters - one with a "polywell packet," I have not ever ha...
by classicpenny
Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:12 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Making Electricity with the p-B Polywell
Replies: 134
Views: 38261

Re: Polywell electric webpage

One thing that WON'T happen is fuel electrons leaving via the trap grid as you've pictured in your document. I don't see how that could occur, unless some weird mechanism exists for injecting ions from there without killing confinement... I have a diagram next to the "Third" step that shows "batter...
by classicpenny
Thu Jul 10, 2008 8:54 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Making Electricity with the p-B Polywell
Replies: 134
Views: 38261

Re: Polywell electric webpage

Hang on, are you using the terms the same? The decelerator grid is the same thing as the trap grid. Does that help? This is why it is so important for us all to standardize the language. My suggestion would be to drop the use of "decelerator grid" entirely because I have seen it used as a synonym f...
by classicpenny
Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:49 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Making Electricity with the p-B Polywell
Replies: 134
Views: 38261

Polywell electric webpage

Concerning your many comments with regard to the basic details of “How the pB11 polywell makes electricity” at http://www.polywellnuclearfusion.com/Clean_Nuclear_Fusion/Polywell_Electric.html To TheRadicalModerate: I have changed the collector to one solid shell, so the alphas won’t miss. Thank you!...
by classicpenny
Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:58 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Making Electricity with the p-B Polywell
Replies: 134
Views: 38261

Summing it up - to date

I count three other threads in addition to this one on this particular issue: 1. Where do the electons go? 2. Energy extraction alternative and -the hot one right now- 3. Electron recirculation. Each of them has some pretty good stuff, and of course there's a huge amount of overlap. I tried to extra...